July 19, 2010

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  • i get to leave the first comment?!?! I know there will be many!! I got the shivers looking at these pictures–there are sooo many fun things and you pulled it all together so well!!
    Love the silouette pillows. I was JUST looking at a new West Elm Catalogue and they have the exact same thing for sale–uh let’s see: $34 for the cover And these are so personal!! Reminds me, I reallly really want to do something with Abbi’s.
    LOVE the floors, and the rug (love craigslist too!) and what you’ve done with all your pictueres. and loooove the entry way key idea! Fabulous.

  • The before and after differences are unexplainable! WOW!!! You did an awesome job. Can’t wait to see the rest!

  • cheesy?!  NEVER!!

    I’m amazed at other’s creativity when mine seems to be g-o-n-e!

    Love what you’ve done!

  • Clarita, I’m so glad you posted some pictures. I’ve been wanting to see some ever since I heard the house was almost finished and you guys were moving in. I got to hear from both sides of the family how the house was coming along. :) I remember when your husband bought the house while you were up here in PA.
    I think you did an amazing job using all of your creative ideas and brainstorms! I love the different textures you used. I really like the purse holder/key-catcher area. I think everyone needs some place like that in their home. You did a great job of making something that could house a lot of clutter (like my “key-catcher” area in my house sometimes), look very classy! Can’t wait to see the other rooms! (I actually got a sneak preview from Beth after she came back from the South the other weekend.) ;)

  • i love it. its perfect. i get the feeling your gonna show us more rooms later and i’m super excited to see your house bit by bit. and i don’t get tired of the silhouettes. there just too cute.

  • ok, you have creativity flowing out of YOUR veins. :)
    i just wanna come SIT in your living room! i love the natural, eclectic, and funky feel!!!!!
    i see that “keep calm” sign on etsy and blogs too and love it so much. i do not own it though.
    i especially love the shot with the purse shelf and the last one where you can see the hardwood entering the room… sillouette pillows. drooling…

  • Oh be still my beating heart!  The beauty you are creating in your home is absolutely breathtaking!  ….and it  also conveys your “mission statement” so well.  I love the warm family feeling I see when I look at all those gorgeous pictures of your little fam!  It’s all so tasteful and inviting…. wish I lived close!  

    I really missed you at the FFE!  But, understand how it is when things just don’t come together and you have to give up something like that.  Come next time! =)

    Thanks for sharing these pics with us….and I’m looking forward to more!  You don’t need to be one bit afraid!!!  Your heart for God and beauty is so incredibly breathtaking!  Hugs!

  • Your husband did a great job and you did an awesome job decorating!Love the silhouettes!My first grade teacher made a silhouette of me.I wish I would still have it……..

  • I LOVED this…and I’m not even that much into interior design or decorating.
    But I would say you have done a VERY fabulous job and you just shouldn’t worry what anyone might think about it…its beautiful!

  • Why would you worry about sharing this?? It’s absolutely breathtaking! I love it – all of it! Would love to come sit in it!!
    Thanks bunches for sharing – I’m inspired once again – Mj

  • ADORABLE!!!  I love when people show pictures of their homes. I’m glad you did, thanks for sharing, and I hope you show us the rest of the house! =)  I really like the fireplace, and all the pillows you made. It looks so cozy! 

  • I can really relate to being scared to share such things…. but I totally love when other people do.  The comment about not being able to sleep because of the creativity flowing… um, i understand.   I wished you lived closer because I could learn so much from you.

    That room is calling, “come in and sit a spell.”  And I’d love too.

  • Gorgeous! You certainly have a touch, and I also love the red poster. Makes me want to come visit the Georgian cottage turned palace. :) I can only imagine the desserts that the Barkman girls will enjoy in this room! (Ervina joined us for dinner the other night when I was in PA, and filled us in on the love of all-things-desserts)

  • love it!!! im sure you are sooo excited to be living in the cozy little house after all the hard working evenings!!!!!!  It looks wonderful. I love the 3 big pictures above the fireplace!!-good job Claudia!!! enjoy your new home!! (cant wait for more pictures of the rest of the house!! ) 

  • Love it! Love it! Love it!! Your living room is so warm and inviting; I think you’ve accomplished your mission statement very well!! Please, show us more! I feel inspired by your decor!

  • love.love.love. so glad you shared!! it gets me thinking of ways i can make my home just a bit more cozy for my precious family as well! thanks again!!

  • You two make a great team!!! :) It’s amazing see the before and after! And I just may steal your kitchen some day! I think it’s my favorite of your rooms!!! :) Thanks for sharing.

  • you’re incredible! please keep posting pictues!

  • wow you’ve been busy and looks like lots of hard work! I love your decorating. You’ve done an amazing job!
    I saw that poster awhile back and loved it as well. :)

  • Amazing. Just amazing!!! Yes, Ben did a great job, but so did you! I love the purse / key catcher and the silhouette pillows and the canvas frames above the fireplace and well, I guess just about everything! But, oh, don’t torment me by saying, no peeking! I just want to walk through the rest of the house now, too! Oh, and way to go on free-writing the verse above your mantel! That’s awesome.

  • “I’m not sure how it will be seeing your new house because I’m kinda attached to the other.” “Oh, trust me, you won’t be after you see this one.” How right you were, dear sister, how right you were. :) If I may say, I say you’ve accomplished your home mission statement beautifully. From the first moment I stepped in the door, your house was so lovely and cozy and inviting… I want to come back right now. The black and white photos from our little shoot on the islands add SO much. It’s all so wonderful, I really have no words besides love love love. :)

  • Gorgeous transformation!  Wonderful ideas.

  • wow, beautiful decorating.  i long for my house to look that good.  and, i ADORE your silhouette creations…i might be copying that one sometime in the future:)

  • i’m finally “caught up” on your blog.  i know how it goes, there are weeks & months where there is barely time to breathe, (so it seems), let alone check in on other peoples lives and “keep up” with my own blog!!  it was great to “be” with you again, as this is what it feels like after entering your world.  the renovations are GRAND and your husband is AMAZING!!  isn’t it so wonderful, watching something come out of nothing!  Beauty from “ashes” in a way!! 

    will you be in PA at all this Summer/Fall?  If so, PLEASE let me know so we can spend an afternoon together.

    Bread is out of the oven and I’m thinking of you….and my feet are crumb free by the way!! 

    Love from 128.

  • Ok, I am seriously in love with your living room! I know exactly what you mean about being nervous about posting pictures of your house. I feel that way every single time I post on my blog, but it’s so much fun sharing your creativity and getting ideas from other people’s homes. Love, love, love everything about your room! I’m sure the rest of your house is just as cozy and beautiful. Please keep sharing! :)

  • WOW!!! What an inviting, cozy room! Can’t wait to see more pics…;)

  • It’s beautiful. You did a wonderful job. I’m so happy for you that you have your own place now to “cuddle and boss and love” as L. M. Montgomery put it. Happy homemaking!

  • Beautiful as always!  I love to see before/after pictures! The “Be Calm” is my FAVORITE!! I want one of these!   What kind of glue did you use to glue photos to canvas (my new favorite)?  And the no mantel look is not so bad. . . I rather like it! Wishing I could come  walk through your house in person. . . someday I will! Someday I want to start a cool design blog too- you inspire me!! ( must. make. time. )  Looking forward to the rest of your room makeover reveals!

  • I am SOOO impressed. Thank you for sharing! Makes me want to own my own house…maybe someday. In the mean time, I am trying to be thankful for my small apartment. At least I have a roof over my head, right? :)

  • I hope its ok for people you don’t know to take a house tour, too, because I enjoyed the tour. You did such a great job with the soft natural colors and textures and the patina of the timber, old brick, and pillar in the corner I love! We live in a little 100-yr. old southern house so i can relate to the initially daunting but satisfying task of restoring a house.

  • Beautiful. absolutely beautiful.  I have no more words!(:

  • @fruitloops115 - Really, West Elm has silhouette pillows right now?! Guess they’re coming in. I thought I thunk up something brand new. =D

    @clearlyhis - I missed seeing you too. You were one person I was looking forward to connecting with again!

    @singingrachel - We should just brainstorm together. :)

    @idreamovtravel - You’re so encouraging! Thank you!

    @smilesbymiles - You’ve built, we’ve remodeled – a lot of similarities. Thanks for appreciating. :)

    @Aimee - Is this THEE Aimee Weaver??  You don’t know how much I love your blog! :)

  • @Jabber_wock -  love that quote from Montgomery! :)

    @mel5680 - I used rubber cement – it’s safe for photos, and I can almost easily remove the pictures and put new ones up if I want to. And yes, DO start your design blog! I know you’re just bursting with beautiful ideas!

    @myall4christ81 - that’s right! But I can relate, because I was in your shoes for 4 years! Not always easy to be content, I know!

  • @lifeisadance - 

    don’t you love it when you are on the cutting edge of trend and don’t even realize it I just re-checked the catalogue to make sure, and yes, it’s there, but I had the price wrong, it was $29. So you still saved a bit doing it yourself
    btw, i was just looking at your couches, we had those exact same ones for the first 4 yrs. of our married life we just sold them the other month.

  • I could just sit on your site and stare at your lovely living room transformation! It is so gorgeous. The colors flow together so well and I love all the personal touches- the silhouettes, canvas portraits, and handwritten wall verse.
    I’m sure your family and friends feel quite loved in your home.

  • I love what you’ve done here!  Makes me want to redo a room around here….=)

  • You know I love your house. ;) I wanna be just like you when/if the creative home decorating part of my brain ever develops!! I know God gives us all strengths and differing talents, but sometimes I wonder about His wisdom in distributing these things?! Did I miss something somewhere? Or maybe there’s still a goldmine waiting to be discovered. Oh. Maybe *that’s* what it is. =)

    I *loved* your visit too. Felt so refreshed, inspired, and happy for the rest of the day! And the QUIETNESS we enjoyed for just sitting and talking was a rare treat and something we probably couldn’t have PLANNED if we’d tried. It was a gift from the Lord via your mom, my husband, and a little girlie who wanted a morning nap! Yeah!! And thanks for the delicious coffee drink. I was too busy talking/listening to drink it while you were here, but afterward enjoyed each sweet drop. But then again, that’s usually how I drink my hot drinks. Drives Phil nuts! He orders his extra hot most times, while I leave mine to cool and then THOROUGHLY enjoy.

    Thanks for the blogs . . . I am enjoying them.

  • O MY WORD!

    why did i not see this before now???

    i have no idea how i missed this update, but let me just say one word first:


    it all looks so amazing and cozy…and i can just see my kids destroying a room like that in about 2 seconds flat! :) course, i have boys and they are a whole different breed than girls. ;O)

    i see your old porch pillar standing up against the corner wall, and i’m GREEN with envy! i’ve been on the lookout for something like that, and was just last night asking my hubs if he knows of anywhere to get architectural salvage for just such a thing….i love it!

    again, i love what you have done, and can’t wait for the next installment!

    happy monday!


  • so beautiful~

    sometimes when i see pictures of others homes i think, “Oh, i’d like a picture like that – or that’s a cool chair…” but with yours i was like, “Oh, i like that… and that.. oh, and THAT. and i REALLY like that. and that and that and that and that….”

    yeah. pretty much every single little thing! ;)

    great style and putting it all together – i like the calm, cozy feeling it puts off.. it makes me want to come over and plop on the couch and hold one of those adorable pillows in my lap while we talk and visit and laugh! :)

    thanks for sharing your inspiration~ those silhouettes bring back memories – we made those in 3rd grade and growing up my mom always had them on the wall…

    happy friday!!! <3

  • @foreveranoatneygirl - Oh, believe me, my girls can destroy this room very quickly. :) But that’s okay, as long as it gets cleaned up before bed! That’s what “living rooms” are for, right?! :)

    I got the pillar at a local benefit auction for $20. But have you checked the Habitat Re-Store in Lancaster? I was in there often when we lived in PA (looking for things to redo our house with) and they almost always had pillars of some kind. I’ll bet you could have some luck in there. AND find other treasures while you’re in there. :) It’s kind of like a construction equivelent of an antique junk house. You might like it. :)

    @Hutch5 - You are so sweet. And I would be ever so honored if you would come and we could chat in my living room! Would love it!

  • oh yeah. i know about habitat re….LoVe that place! i keep thinking i want to check there for pillars, and have good intentions, but with everyone in tow sometimes the motivation is lacking. :) plus, since it’s not a ‘need’, it’s easier to not justify it. i’ll find one sometime… happy weekend to you!

  • your home always inspires me!
    i had seen that poster too, and forgotten about it. i think i shall order myself one!
    and it was really good for me to read your mission statement. i need to renew my passion for all that i want to create in our home!

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